Titans Head Coach Mike Vrabel Throws Support Behind OC Todd Downing Following DUI Arrest

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During Tuesday’s media availability, Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel emphasized his commitment to Todd Downing continuing his role as the team’s offensive coordinator. However, the head coach did also acknowledge the possibility of Downing’s position being subject to change pending the coach’s ongoing legal battle stemming from his recent DUI arrest.

The arrest reportedly took place in Nashville, Tennessee.  The team was just coming off of a statement 27-17 win over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers to further tighten its hold as leader of the AFC South. Coach Downing was pulled over by police in Williamson County along Interstate 65, near Moores Lane which is about 15 miles (24.14 kilometers) south of downtown Nashville.

According to the police report, Downing allegedly reeked of alcohol after being pulled over by a state trooper that was patrolling the area at around 2:30 in the morning. The coach was booked at Williamson County Jail. The process began at 4:36 a.m., and Downing later posted bail at 6:46 a.m.

Following the arrest, the National Football League sent out a memo to all of the football clubs. The league threatened to impose “significant discipline” on any team every time there is a violation of the NFL’s alcohol policy.

The memo read, in part:

“In light of recent events, clubs are reminded that League policy prohibits alcoholic beverages, including beer, in the locker rooms, practice or office facilities, or while traveling on team buses or planes at any time during the preseason, regular season, or postseason. This applies to all players, coaches, club personnel, and guests traveling with your team. This policy has been in place for many years. Making alcohol available at club facilities or while traveling creates significant and unnecessary risks to the League, its players, coaches and others. Violations of this important policy will be taken seriously and will result in significant discipline.”

“Each club should ensure that its travel arrangements do not include providing alcohol service at any time and should also take appropriate steps to confirm that alcohol (whether beer or any other alcoholic beverage) is not available at its facility. Please direct all further questions on this subject to Management Council or Football Operations.”

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